A viral video of one Mr. Chukwuka Onyegesi, from Orsu Local Government Area of Imo state had in the past couple of weeks went viral on the social media, asking for assistance from members of the public and Igbos in particular, to enable him escape the rot of the Indonesian government.
Chukwuka had in the video, recounted his ordeals and how he eventually made his debut at Indonesia, after being repatriated by the German government. The Tricenarian was a businessman based in Lagos, but started contemplating migrating abroad when an agent told him about the juicy opportunities across the African shores.
RARDUJA International, an NGO about two months ago, stumbled into the viral video and decided to find out the authenticity of his claim, RARDUJA International President and Founder, Hon. Eddy Duru would say
The NGO first attended to his basic yearning, by providing him with some money for food, before Chukwuka was eventually caught up by the security agents.
Addressing a press conference at the NUJ Press Centre, Owerri, the President and Founder of RARDUJA International, Hon. Eddy Duru, who was represented by the National Public Relations Officer, Comr. Eustace Okere, stated that the whole arrangements of getting Chukwuka out of Indonesia and reuniting him with his family has caused the NGO some millions of naira. Hon. Duru, called on the Imo state government, the leadership of Orsu LGA, where Chukwuka hails from, to quickly wade into the matter and rehabilitate the young man before he slips into depression.
RARDUJA used the opportunity to inform the public on the risks and dangers of unplanned journey abroad, which has become the order of the day in Nigeria and Africa, due to bad economy and insecurity. RARDUJA International regretted the many deaths of most Nigerian illegal migrants across the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara desert.
“We must continue to educate our people on the risks involved in undertaking unplanned journeys abroad”, Hon. Duru said.
Reacting to questions from members of the press, the National Supervisor, Engr. Andrew Duru hinted that RARDUJA’s core mandate is to educate and inform our African people on the risks and dangers associated with unplanned migration. He however stated that from time to time, RARDUJA was unable to keep blind eyes on extreme cases like Chukwuka’s. He therefore called for support from government at all levels, especially the Imo The state government and good spirited individuals.
In her remark, the Special Adviser to the Imo State Governor on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Councilor Celia Osakwe-Hibbert, said that the Prosperity Government of Imo State will do everything possible to stop the youths from irregular migration through job creation and empowerment. She hinted that the office of the Governor on Diaspora Affairs is receptive to issues concerning Imolites abroad. The UK Community Leader, assured of collaboration with organizations like RARDUJA, in the reeducation campaign, as she believes that it is the best way to solve irregular migration.
Recounting his ordeals, Mr. Chukwuka Onyegesi regretted listening to the advice of the agent that convinced him to embark on the journey. He said he was doing well in his electronic business at Alaba International Market, Lagos State, before he opted for the journey. According to Chukwuka, many Nigerians in Indonesia are facing similar challenge, as many others are in jail.
The issue of irregular migration to Europe and the America has continued to ravage Nigeria and some other African countries. This is not far fetched from the harsh political and economic climate of the region, which have culminated into insecurity, corruption, killings and other social vices. The singular reason most people put their lives at risks of irregular migration.
Chukwuka and several other Nigerians are trapped in Indonesia, because of the quest for survival. The case is not different from other Asian, American and European climes, where our people are subjected to all sorts of ill treatment and sometimes, leads to slavery and even death.